Equality Tour to Bring Pride, Empowerment to Utah
August 11, 2011 by Joe Solmonese, President
I’m on the ground in Salt Lake City, one of my favorite places in the country, to launch our nationwide bus tour, “On the Road to Equality.” I can’t think of a more fitting place to kick off this journey. HRC has always had a strong presence here in Salt Lake City and the LGBT community here is among the most vibrant in the country.
From new polling that we’ve released, we also know that the people of Utah support a number of equality issues, particularly non-discrimination laws. Unfortunately that support hasn’t yet led to statewide protections for LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations.
That’s why we’re here – to raise awareness of the issues of equality and fairness. During this weekend we will spread the message of equality by educating the public and empowering LGBT people to become advocates for themselves and their families.
Today, I’m going to get on board the bus and tour this beautiful city. We have an exciting line up of events while we’re in town, starting with the kick-off celebration and open house at the Utah Pride Center tomorrow at 3 p.m. Joining me will be community leaders, LGBT activists, and every day Utahans coming out in support of equality.
We’re also hosting plenty of other events over the weekend in partnership with Equality Utah and the Utah Pride Center. There really will be something for everyone during this tour stop, including faith-based and family workshops, a 5K fun-run supporting Volunteers for America’s efforts to establish transitional housing for homeless boys, and an assessment of the state of the LGBT movement today.
This inaugural stop promises to be enriching and informative and will leave LGBT Utahans with a sense of pride and empowerment. I hope you follow our progress both here in Salt Lake City and around the country here on HRC’s blog.